The Apothecary Rose

Owen Archer Mystery #1 Ebook

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“It’s…the Machiavellian intrigue that makes this such an enjoyable read. When the iron curtain came down people said the spy-thriller genre was dead. They were wrong. This is as full of intrigue as a Deighton or a Le Carré.” —The Guardian

In the year of our Lord 1363, two suspicious deaths in the infirmary of St. Mary’s Abbey catch the attention of the powerful John Thoresby, Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of York. One victim is a pilgrim, while the second is Thoresby’s ne’er-do-well ward, both apparently poisoned by a physic supplied by Master Apothecary Nicholas Wilton. In the wake of these deaths, the archbishop dispatches one-eyed spy Owen Archer to York to find the murderer.

Under the guise of a disillusioned soldier keen to make a fresh start, Owen insinuates himself into Wilton’s apothecary as an apprentice. But he finds Wilton bedridden, with the shop being run by his lovely, enigmatic young wife, Lucie. As Owen unravels a tangled history of scandal and tragedy, he discovers at its center a desperate, forbidden love twisted over time into obsession. And the woman he has come to love is his prime suspect.

Lovingly detailed, beautifully written, The Apothecary Rose is a captivating and suspenseful tale of life, love, and death in medieval England.

Praise

"Suspenseful, historically accurate, and blessed with a wonderful cast of characters, The Apothecary Rose is an absolute delight from start to finish..."— Charles de Lint, author of the Newford Series

"Ellis Peters has a cohort of pretenders snapping at her heels ... most impressive of the bunch is Candace Robb." - Time Out

"Enthralling and evocative ... Candace Robb recreates medieval York with ease." - Yorkshire Evening Press

"Authentic characters, and a credible plot...Essential for historical fans." - Library Journal

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